Mar 20, 2015

By Kim O'Hare

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A B.C. judge has convicted a senior Mountie who was on the scene when Robert Dziekanski was stunned with a Taser at Vancouver International Airport, saying the former officer lied at the public inquiry into the man’s death.

Former corporal Benjamin (Monty) Robinson was charged with perjury along with three other officers for their testimony at the inquiry, which examined what happened at Vancouver’s airport on Oct. 14, 2007.

The Crown alleged the four officers colluded on a story to tell homicide investigators and then lied again at the public inquiry.

B.C. Supreme Court Judge Nathan Smith says Robinson had a motive to lie and must have known what he told homicide investigators was not true.

Robinson was convicted of obstruction of justice in an unrelated case involving an accident that killed a motorcycle driver in October 2008.

Const. Bill Bentley was acquitted of the perjury charge in 2013, Const. Kwesi Millington was convicted last month and Const. Gerry Rundel is awaiting a verdict.

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